Active Parenting Positive Discipline

Course Overview


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As therapists we are often faced with challenging behaviour in the therapy room and with parents who are struggling to parent children with special needs as well as their siblings.  The information available to parents is vast and often unfiltered and even harmful, leaving parents feeling overwhelmed and anxious. The therapy situation presents a unique opportunity to explore a child’s behaviour, establish sound behaviour management or therapeutic handling techniques that work to build trust, motivate, encourage and shape a child’s engagement. There is wonderful opportunity to be truely family-centred and engage parents in developing strategies tried and tested in therapy that can be implemented at home. In this Video Presentation, Dr. Dorothy Russell blends up-to-date parenting theory with her years of clinical experience to share top tips and strategies to add to your therapy toolbox and bring upliftment to parents, improve family relationships and help the child to thrive.

This course will review:

  • Introduction to Active Parenting and Positive Discipline for therapists – how to support parents and facilitate parenting skills
  • Defining positive discipline and active parenting
  • Ages and stages of childhood development and impact on parenting
  • Parenting Styles
  • Effective Communication



The OT Link is so excited to welcome Dr. Dorothy Russell back to present a follow up talk to her DRSP by popular demand.

Dr. Dorothy Russell has worked as a Senior Occupational Therapist and the Director of the Bloemfontein Child Information Centre (BCIC) in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Free State, for the past 36 years.

Dr. Russell’s passion lies in working with babies and children with Down Syndrome and their families. She values the role of community service and has spent much of her career developing programmes and intervention specifically designed for this context.

Dr. Russell has presented at congresses nationally and internationally and has authored 17 publications including manuals and scientific journals. She continues to train and mentor occupational therapists in the treatment of children with Down Syndrome and Developmental Delay and training in the use of the Developmental Resource Stimulation programme she developed.

Dr. Russell is a passionate mother of two grown up daughters. She values loving, supportive parenting while still providing clear boundaries which help children to feel secure and confident.

She spends much time in clinical practice mentoring and supporting parents as a means to supporting the growth and development of happy healthy children and promoting happy families.  She has seen tremendous gains from this parenting mentorship in her client’s therapy outcomes, particularly in the Down Syndrome Population where behavioural problems can be a notable challenge.

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